Stuff in the Air That Came Out of Speakers Today #27: Gerry Mulligan Festival on vinyl

Chronological order:

Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax

Presenting the Gerry Mulligan Sextet (1955, EmArcy) Zoot Sims, tenor;Bob Brookmeyer, trombone, Jon Eardley, trumpet, Peck Morrison, bass, Dave Bailey, drums.

The Jazz Combo from “I Want To Live!” (1958, Liberty — reissue 1988, Affinity/Charly) Art Farmer, trumpet, Frank Rosolino, trombone, Bud Shank, alto sax and flute, Pete Jolly, piano, Red Mitchell, bass, Shelly Manne, drums.

Paul Desmond/Gerry Mulligan, Two of a Mind (RCA, 1962 — reissue 1989 Bluebird) Paul Desmond, alto sax, John Beal, bass, Connie Kay, drums. Yeah, the title track is a masterpiece. Mulligan original “Blight of the Fumble Bee” is close behind.

The Age of Steam (1972, A&M) Big bunch of folks, but does feature Tom Scott, tenor and soprano sax, Bud Shank, alto sax and flute, Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Trumpet. Not as familiar as it ought to be. Mulligan’s can’t-miss-a-step fling with jazz fusion glorys vets with new attitude. The first Mulligan LP I ever bought and it made me a fan forever.

Gerry Mulligan’s New Sextet, Idol Gossip (Chiaroscuro, 1976). Mulligan plays some soprano sax, which is a feature, Dave Samuels, vibraphone, Mike Santiago, guitar, Tom Fay, piano, George Duvivier, bass, Bob Rosengarden, drums. Excellent, hard-to-classify set very tough to find for many years (have not heard CD reissue).

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